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La Promesse (1995) Dardenne brothers

“La Promesse” Movie Review by Mike Dub

La Promesse (1996; Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne) GRADE: B+ By Mike Dub In the hands of the right filmmakers, adolescence provides fertile ground for exploring the conditions that shape society. Far from just the finite crises of finding acceptance, achieving arbitrary victories, beating up a bully, and losing […]

“The Ballad of Narayama” Movie Review by Mike Dub

The Ballad of Narayama (1983; Shôhei Imamura) GRADE: A- By Mike Dub The opening image of Shôhei Imamura’s 1983 Palme d’Or winner The Ballad of Narayama is a somewhat anachronistic helicopter shot.  We’re ushered deep into the mountainous recesses of the Japanese wilderness, a journey that reaches further […]

A Rare Noir is Good to Find! Festival

Assault on the Pay Train (1962; Roberto Farias) Grade: B+ By Mike Dub Almost every heist movie ever made invests half its time depicting the expertise and  professionalism involved in the detailed planning of the caper, then leads to an ostensibly heart-pounding climax in which the crime is […]

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